friendly suit
n.
A lawsuit brought by parties who agree on a particular settlement but need a judicial decision to make it binding; see also declaratory judgment

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


friendly suit
A lawsuit brought by two parties, not as adversaries, but by agreement in order to resolve a legal question that affects them both. For example, two companies might bring a friendly suit to court in order to clarify the legal interpretation of a contract between them.
Category: Representing Yourself in Court
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


friendly suit
A lawsuit brought by an executor or administrator of the estate of a deceased person in the name of a creditor as if that creditor had initiated the action. The executor or administrator brings the suit against himself or herself in order to compel the creditors to take an equal distribution of the assets of the estate. An action brought by parties who agree to submit some doubtful question to the court in order to obtain an opinion on that issue.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


friendly suit
A lawsuit brought by an executor or administrator of the estate of a deceased person in the name of a creditor as if that creditor had initiated the action. The executor or administrator brings the suit against himself or herself in order to compel the creditors to take an equal distribution of the assets of the estate. An action brought by parties who agree to submit some doubtful question to the court in order to obtain an opinion on that issue.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

friendly suit
n.
   a lawsuit filed in order to obtain a court order when the parties to the suit agree on the expected outcome. Such a legal action will be dismissed if it is an attempt to get an advisory opinion, is collusive (deceitfully planned) to get a judgment to set a legal precedent or where there is no real controversy. However, such suits are allowed in situations in which the statutes require a court ruling to achieve a "reasonable result," such as reforming (correcting) a trust or agreement in which there was an error.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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